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19.01.2016 16:07
EU invests EUR 217 Million in Energy Infrastructure
Bulgaria can obtain up to EUR 850,000 in funding for gas transport grid improvement and extension
AUTHOR: publics.bg


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Today Member States agreed on a Commission proposal to invest EUR 217 million in key trans-European energy infrastructure projects, mainly in Central and South Eastern Europe. In total, 15 projects were selected following a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), an EU funding programme for infrastructure. The selected projects will increase energy security and help end the isolation of Member States from EU-wide energy networks. They will also contribute to the completion of a European energy market and the integration of renewables into the electricity grid.

In the gas sector, the allocated grants will cover, among others, studies for modernising the Bulgarian gas transmission network which will improve the possibilities for the transport of gas in the region, notably for the benefit of Greece, Romania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey. This project could obtain up to EUR 850,000 in funding under the CEF, detailed information published by the EC says.

Funding will also be allocated to studies on the Midcat project which will help eliminate infrastructure bottlenecks between the Iberian Peninsula and France, and connect gas supplies from Algeria and Spanish LNG terminals with the rest of Europe. The interconnector linking gas networks in Romania, Bulgaria, Austria and Hungary will also get EU funding. This is an important development for the EU gas market as this will allow gas from the Caspian region and other potential sources, including LNG, to reach Central Europe.

See all selected projects here.


TAGS: Bulgaria | EU | PCI | energy infrastructure | funding | energy security | gas | natural gas | Connecting Europe Facility 


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